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2008 Superbike World Championship
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The 2008 Superbike World Championship was the twenty-first season of the Superbike World Championship. Corona Extra ceased to be the championship's title sponsor, as it had been since 1998.[1] The electronics manufacturer HANNspree took over as the title sponsor in 2008 and this arrangement remained in place until 2010, with the championship officially known as the "HANNspree SBK Superbike World Championship".[2]

The Superbike World Championship returned to the United States on 1 June 2008, for the 2008 6th round of the Superbike World Championship. The round took place at the Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City, Utah.[3] This was the first time SBK had raced in the United States since the 2004 round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The Superbike World Championship shared the weekend with the AMA Superbike Championship and its support classes. However to avoid direct comparisons between World Superbike and AMA Superbike, and because of sponsorship issues the two championships raced on different configurations of the circuit. World Superbikes used the 3.048 miles (4.905 km) Outer Track, while AMA Superbike and its support classes used the 4.5 miles (7.2 km) Main Track.[4]

The provisional championship calendar was made up of 15 rounds but the Indonesian round in Sentul International Circuit was removed from the final calendar.[5]

Australian rider Troy Bayliss won his third Superbike World Championship riding the factory supported Ducati 1098. He secured the title with his 50th race win at the second race at Magny-Cours.

Race calendar and resultsEdit

Round Country Circuit Date Superpole Fastest lap Winning rider Winning team Report
1 R1   Qatar Losail 23 February   Troy Corser   Noriyuki Haga   Troy Bayliss Ducati Xerox Team Report
R2   Fonsi Nieto   Fonsi Nieto Team Alstare Suzuki
2 R1   Australia Phillip Island 2 March   Troy Bayliss   Troy Bayliss   Troy Bayliss Ducati Xerox Team Report
R2   Max Biaggi   Troy Bayliss Ducati Xerox Team
3 R1   Spain Valencia 6 April   Max Neukirchner   Noriyuki Haga   Lorenzo Lanzi R.G. Team Report
R2   Carlos Checa   Noriyuki Haga Yamaha Motor Italia WSB
4 R1   Netherlands Assen 27 April   Troy Bayliss   Max Neukirchner   Troy Bayliss Ducati Xerox Team Report
R2   Troy Bayliss   Troy Bayliss Ducati Xerox Team
5 R1   Italy Monza 11 May   Troy Bayliss   Noriyuki Haga   Max Neukirchner Team Alstare Suzuki Report
R2   Noriyuki Haga   Noriyuki Haga Yamaha Motor Italia WSB
6 R1   United States Miller Motorsports Park 1 June   Carlos Checa   Carlos Checa   Carlos Checa Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Report
R2   Carlos Checa   Carlos Checa Hannspree Ten Kate Honda
7 R1   Germany Nürburgring 15 June   Max Neukirchner   Troy Bayliss   Noriyuki Haga Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Report
R2   Noriyuki Haga   Noriyuki Haga Yamaha Motor Italia WSB
8 R1   San Marino Misano Adriatico 29 June   Troy Corser   Jakub Smrž   Max Neukirchner Team Alstare Suzuki Report
R2   Troy Corser   Rubén Xaus Sterilgarda Go Eleven
9 R1   Czech Republic Brno 20 July   Troy Bayliss   Troy Bayliss   Troy Bayliss Ducati Xerox Team Report
R2   Michel Fabrizio   Troy Bayliss Ducati Xerox Team
10 R1   Great Britain Brands Hatch 3 August   Troy Bayliss   Ryuichi Kiyonari   Ryuichi Kiyonari Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Report
R2   Michel Fabrizio   Ryuichi Kiyonari Hannspree Ten Kate Honda
11 R1   Europe Donington Park 7 September   Troy Bayliss   Troy Bayliss   Troy Bayliss Ducati Xerox Team Report
R2   James Ellison   Ryuichi Kiyonari Hannspree Ten Kate Honda
12 R1   Italy Vallelunga 21 September   Troy Bayliss   Carlos Checa   Noriyuki Haga Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Report
R2   Troy Corser   Noriyuki Haga Yamaha Motor Italia WSB
13 R1   France Magny-Cours 5 October   Noriyuki Haga   Carlos Checa   Noriyuki Haga Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Report
R2   Troy Bayliss   Troy Bayliss Ducati Xerox Team
14 R1   Portugal Portimão 2 November   Troy Bayliss   Troy Bayliss   Troy Bayliss Ducati Xerox Team Report
R2   Troy Bayliss   Troy Bayliss Ducati Xerox Team

Championship standingsEdit

Riders' standingsEdit

2008 final riders' standings[6]
Pos. Rider Bike QAT
 
AUS
 
ESP
 
NED
 
ITA
 
USA
 
GER
 
SMR
 
CZE
 
GBR
 
EUR
 
ITA
 
FRA
 
POR
 
Pts
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
1   Bayliss Ducati 1 4 1 1 2 2 1 1 3 Ret Ret 22 2 4 3 3 1 1 2 11 1 Ret 6 16 3 1 1 1 460
2   Corser Yamaha 3 7 2 Ret 3 5 5 10 12 8 2 Ret 4 2 2 5 2 4 8 3 Ret 3 3 3 6 3 3 6 342
3   Haga Yamaha 14 13 8 7 Ret 1 Ret 2 2 1 Ret 6 1 1 10 4 6 7 19 2 Ret DSQ 1 1 1 2 Ret 14 327
4   C. Checa Honda 6 11 6 2 5 3 2 3 8 Ret 1 1 5 5 5 8 8 Ret 6 8 Ret 9 5 5 7 4 2 7 313
5   Neukirchner Suzuki 5 8 7 5 Ret DNS 3 5 1 2 4 2 3 3 1 7 7 5 7 4 Ret 14 4 4 5 9 Ret 4 311
6   Nieto Suzuki 7 1 5 3 4 10 Ret 11 7 4 5 8 8 9 12 10 14 8 5 5 7 Ret 12 6 2 8 5 5 256
7   Biaggi Ducati 2 3 Ret Ret 16 8 10 12 5 Ret 9 4 13 7 Ret 2 4 3 3 12 3 6 2 Ret 4 6 Ret 13 238
8   Fabrizio Ducati 9 5 3 19 Ret 13 Ret Ret 9 5 3 3 7 6 Ret 11 3 2 12 6 Ret 5 7 2 Ret 14 Ret 2 223
9   Kiyonari Honda 22 19 9 6 Ret 4 7 Ret 6 3 10 7 12 11 14 13 5 6 1 1 Ret 1 Ret 13 8 11 206
10   Xaus Ducati 4 2 4 4 Ret 7 16 4 Ret 7 14 Ret 6 8 4 1 Ret Ret DNS DNS Ret 8 Ret 12 Ret 5 9 Ret 178
11   Kagayama Suzuki 8 Ret Ret 6 4 6 4 Ret 8 5 DNS DNS 11 12 9 9 4 25 5 19 9 7 8 7 15 23 154
12   Lavilla Honda 13 14 11 8 7 11 9 7 11 10 13 15 Ret 14 8 14 15 14 14 13 4 7 14 Ret 10 12 6 8 135
13   Smrž Ducati 10 9 Ret 18 14 14 6 8 10 Ret 6 DSQ 11 Ret 7 9 Ret 11 9 9 6 12 13 11 Ret 13 Ret 12 120
14   Lanzi Ducati 16 6 13 20 1 12 DNS DNS 14 11 11 10 Ret 20 6 6 Ret 13 11 10 Ret 11 11 18 Ret 11 109
15   Muggeridge Honda 17 20 12 10 6 20 14 13 Ret 6 7 11 10 12 Ret Ret 11 Ret 16 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 14 21 77
16   Laconi Kawasaki 15 16 Ret 17 8 9 11 16 Ret Ret Ret 9 14 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 16 Ret 15 16 9 11 20 10 10 61
17   Rolfo Honda 11 15 10 16 10 17 22 14 20 16 16 17 17 18 Ret 12 10 14 Ret 13 8 10 Ret 10 12 18 59
18   Sofuoğlu Honda 12 10 14 11 12 15 12 19 DNS DNS 12 14 Ret 21 18 Ret 10 10 13 17 Ret DNS Ret Ret 9 19 54
19   Nakatomi Yamaha 21 Ret 15 15 11 16 15 15 13 12 16 Ret 18 18 9 15 12 15 DNS DNS 13 18 10 8 14 16 13 17 51
20   Tamada Kawasaki Ret 12 Ret 14 9 Ret 8 9 Ret Ret 19 13 9 13 Ret Ret 16 17 18 18 Ret 16 20 19 18 18 19 24 41
21   Sykes Suzuki Ret 7 2 10 35
22   Haslam Honda 8 Ret 7 3 33
23   Crutchlow Honda Ret 2 Ret 9 27
24   Badovini Kawasaki 18 17 Ret 21 17 21 13 18 Ret 9 17 12 17 Ret Ret 17 17 Ret Ret 21 12 Ret 15 Ret 16 17 11 16 24
25   Ellison Honda 10 4 19
26   Rea Honda 4 15 14
27   Holland Honda 24 21 17 9 13 19 18 20 16 13 15 Ret 19 19 14
28   D. Checa Yamaha 23 Ret Ret 12 15 18 Ret DNS Ret DNS Ret 15 15 16 Ret 16 17 20 11 Ret 17 20 Ret Ret 20 22 12
29   Gimbert Yamaha 20 18 16 13 Ret DNS 17 17 15 14 18 17 15 16 16 Ret Ret Ret Ret 19 Ret Ret Ret 14 13 Ret 16 20 12
30   Aoyama Honda 25 22 18 Ret Ret 24 19 21 18 16 Ret Ret Ret 24 13 19 18 18 Ret 22 14 17 19 17 19 22 18 26 5
31   Walker Honda 15 15 Ret Ret 18 15 15 15 17 19 5
32   Canepa Ducati 13 Ret 3
33   Beck Yamaha 19 15 1
  Morelli Honda Ret Ret DNS DNS 18 23 Ret Ret 17 Ret WD WD 21 24 Ret Ret 0
  Bauer Honda 17 Ret 0
  Pridmore Honda 21 18 Ret 23 Ret Ret 19 19 22 23 0
  Iannuzzo Kawasaki 19 Ret DNS DNS DNS DNS Ret Ret 22 19 20 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 20 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 23 Ret Ret 0
  Lozano-Ortiz Honda 19 22 0
  Napoleone Yamaha Ret Ret Ret Ret 20 Ret 21 22 Ret Ret 24 21 Ret 22 0
  Zaiser Yamaha 21 20 23 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 29 0
  Silva Honda 20 21 0
  Jensen Suzuki 20 23 0
  Vos Ducati 20 23 0
  Dražďák Honda 20 Ret 0
  M. Smrž Honda 21 21 0
  Carreira Suzuki 21 28 0
  Čihák Suzuki Ret 21 0
  Lynn Honda Ret Ret 22 22 0
  Bridewell Suzuki Ret 25 0
  Morales Yamaha Ret 25 0
  Scassa Honda Ret 27 0
  Palmer Yamaha Ret Ret 0
  Mauri Ducati Ret DNS 0
  Fuertes Suzuki Ret DNS 0
  Brignola Yamaha DNS DNS 0
  Bussei Honda DNS DNS 0
  Andrews Yamaha WD WD 0
Pos. Rider Bike QAT
 
AUS
 
ESP
 
NED
 
ITA
 
USA
 
GER
 
SMR
 
CZE
 
GBR
 
EUR
 
ITA
 
FRA
 
POR
 
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole position
Italics – Fastest lap

Manufacturers' standingsEdit

2008 final manufacturers' standings[7]
Pos. Manufacturer QAT
 
AUS
 
ESP
 
NED
 
ITA
 
USA
 
GER
 
SMR
 
CZE
 
GBR
 
EUR
 
ITA
 
FRA
 
POR
 
Pts
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
1   Ducati 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 3 5 3 3 2 4 3 1 1 1 2 6 1 5 2 2 3 1 1 1 570
2   Yamaha 3 7 2 7 3 1 5 2 2 1 2 6 1 1 2 4 2 4 8 2 11 3 1 1 1 2 3 6 487
3   Honda 6 10 6 2 5 3 2 3 6 3 1 1 5 5 5 8 5 6 1 1 4 1 5 5 7 4 2 3 415
4   Suzuki 5 1 5 3 4 6 3 5 1 2 4 2 3 3 1 7 7 5 4 4 2 10 4 4 2 7 5 4 408
5   Kawasaki 15 12 Ret 14 8 9 8 9 Ret 9 17 9 9 10 Ret 17 16 17 18 16 12 15 15 9 11 17 10 10 94
Pos. Manufacturer QAT
 
AUS
 
ESP
 
NED
 
ITA
 
USA
 
GER
 
SMR
 
CZE
 
GBR
 
EUR
 
ITA
 
FRA
 
POR
 
Pts

Entry listEdit

2008 entry list[8]
Team Constructor Motorcycle No. Rider Rounds
Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati Ducati 1098 RS 08 3   Max Biaggi All
111   Rubén Xaus All
Hannspree Ten Kate Honda
Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Jr.
Honda Honda CBR1000RR 7   Carlos Checa All
23   Ryuichi Kiyonari 1–12, 14
32   Martin Bauer 13
54   Kenan Sofuoğlu 1–13
65   Jonathan Rea 14
Ventaxia VK Honda Honda Honda CBR1000RR 9   Chris Walker 10–14
36   Gregorio Lavilla All
Team Alstare Suzuki Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 K9 10   Fonsi Nieto All
34   Yukio Kagayama 1, 3–14
76   Max Neukirchner All
Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1 11   Troy Corser All
41   Noriyuki Haga All
Team Pedercini Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX-10R 13   Vittorio Iannuzzo 1–2, 4–14
86   Ayrton Badovini All
Benimoto Suzuki Cetelem Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8 14   Luís Carreira 14
ProRace Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8 15   Miloš Čihák 9
Team Suzuki Motorrad Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 16   Sergio Fuertes 3
Lloyds British Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1 17   Simon Andrews [N 1]
17   Tristan Palmer 10
Team NB Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8 18   Tommy Bridewell 14
Ducati Xerox Team Ducati Ducati 1098 F08 21   Troy Bayliss All
59   Niccolò Canepa 9
84   Michel Fabrizio All
Alto Evolution Honda Superbike Honda Honda CBR1000RR 22   Luca Morelli 1–5
43   Jason Pridmore 6–10
50   Matt Lynn 11–12
88   Shuhei Aoyama All
D.F. Racing Honda Honda CBR1000RR 22   Luca Morelli 8, 10–11
31   Karl Muggeridge All
69   Iván Silva 13
83   Russell Holland 1–7
99   Luca Scassa 14
113   Jiří Dražďák 9
122   Matěj Smrž 12
Fabricom – MCT Racing Ducati Ducati 1098 RS 08 28   Arie Vos 4
HM Plant Honda Honda Honda CBR1000RR 35   Cal Crutchlow 11, 14
91   Leon Haslam 11, 14
Honda Joe Darcey Honda Honda CBR1000RR 37   Diego Lozano Ortiz 3
YZF Yamaha Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1 38   Shinichi Nakatomi All
HANNspree Honda Althea Honda Honda CBR1000RR 44   Roberto Rolfo 1–4, 6–14
200   Giovanni Bussei 5
Yamaha France GMT 94 IPONE Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1 49   Michael Beck 5
94   David Checa 1–4, 6–14
PSG-1 Corse Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX-10R 55   Régis Laconi All
100   Makoto Tamada All
R.G. Team Ducati Ducati 1098 RS 08 57   Lorenzo Lanzi 1–13
On The Throttle.TV Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8 61   Scott Jensen 6
Grillini PBR Team Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1 64   Norino Brignola 8
73   Christian Zaiser 9–14
77   Loïc Napoleone 1–7
Rizla Suzuki Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 66   Tom Sykes 10–11
Hydrex Bike Animal Honda Honda Honda CBR1000RR 80   James Ellison 11
Guandalini Racing by Grifo's Ducati Ducati 1098 RS 08 96   Jakub Smrž All
Spring Ducati ASD Ducati Ducati 999 RS 110   Lorenzo Mauri 5
L'Oreal Men Expert Laglisse Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1 131   Carmelo Morales 3
Key
Regular rider
Wildcard rider
Replacement rider

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Simon Andrews was entered into the Brands Hatch round but was replaced by Tristan Palmer after the first practice session due to injury.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Corona end Suzuki and WSB sponsorship". motorcyclenews.com. Retrieved 2007-09-14.
  2. ^ "HANNspree Will Sponsor Superbike World Championship Through 2010, And Will Sponsor American Round At Miller In 2008". roadracingworld.com. Archived from the original on 5 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-23.
  3. ^ "World Superbike to Miller for 2008!". motorcycle-usa.com. Archived from the original on 2008-02-29. Retrieved 2007-09-14.
  4. ^ "World Superbike And AMA To Run Different Courses During 2008 Event At Miller". roadracingworld.com. Retrieved 2007-09-14.
  5. ^ "Superbike & Supersport World Championships, Superstock 1000cc FIM Cup 2008 final calendar" (PDF). fim.ch. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-09-11. Retrieved 2008-03-04.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2009-10-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Portimao, 31 October 1–2 November 2008 – Superbike – Manufacturers Standings" (PDF). resources.worldsbk.com. Dorna WSBK. 2 November 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  8. ^ http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/sport/sportresults/mcn/2008/January/14-20/jan1808/?R=EPI-98111&content-block=1
  9. ^ "WSBK Brands | Palmer to stand in for injured Andrews". bikesportnews.com. 1 August 2008. Retrieved 19 November 2015.